Coffee is good. Bakfietsen are good. So why not combine them into mobile coffee vending trikes? It’s a business with a very low barrier to entry, catchy and probably fun too. Great idea and though you write us weekly to build such a beast… you’re actually not the first one to think of it. You might have first seen it on TV.
In 2005 Paul Sabin from Kent, England bought a couple of our classic bakfietsen, fitted them with a gas-fired espresso machines and the necessary plumbing and called his Little business “Tradecycle” Paul’s trikes were featured in an episode of “The Apprentice” on BBC1. Somebody’s coffee trikes were also featured on Eastenders, though I’m not sure whether they were Paul’s. Paul bought a couple more bikes over the next couple years but somehow the publicity didn’t jump-start their business. It did, on the other hand, launch a growing interest in coffee bikes. Since then hundreds of Workcycles classic trikes have been built into espresso bakfietsen, coffee trikes, coffee bikes, cafe bikes, kaffefahrrader… whatever you prefer to call them. Basically if you see such a beast on big chassis that looks like a Workcycles, it is one of ours.
Below the original Tradecycle coffee trike. All were built on a WorkCycles chassis but each one was a little different from its predecessor.
Meanwhile mobile coffee vending specialists Coffee Latino from the other end of England took a look at the offerings and decided they could do better. Being the only such vehicle in the world they also begin with a Workcycles classic bakfiets chassis as the basis. They then fit their Fracino LPG-fired espresso machines with gas and water plumbing that meet UK standards. They sell their bikes throughout the world so apparently these systems will also meet the regulations of most other countries. These new coffee bakfietsen are sold under the name of On Your Trike. If you want a turn-key coffee trike you needn’t look any further; contact On Your Trike.
So will Workcycles build you a complete espresso bakfiets / coffee trike? No, that’s just a bit too specialized for us. Thanks for asking but we’ll happily build you the chassis, box, canopy and stabilizer legs, and perhaps other adaptations as needed: a little front table, a well for the gas bottle, a compartment for a fridge, hatches and drawers to store things…
Building on our platform the experts can select the most suitable espresso machine and coffee grinder, as well as safely rigging up the machines, gas, electricity and water. Only complicating matters further is that each country and sometimes municipality has its own laws about safety, food hygiene and mobile vending. Workcycles not only doesn’t have expertise in these areas, we’re also not certified to do the plumbing and other critical work. Think about it: Water, high pressure steam, electricity, gas… all running in the tight confines of a tiny, enclosed kitchen. That’s a job for a specialist.
Many of our customers do go the do-it-yourself route though. They buy a Workcycles bakfiets and sort out the installation of their equipment with local experts. Below is a nice example from Sven Boerner in Leipzig, Germany. He built his own beautiful espressobakfiets for his coffee vending business. You can check it out on Sven’s own site (in German language): Das Kaffeefahrrad
Of course the vending applications for these bikes are hardly limited to coffee. We’ve built trikes to (just out of my head): Grill hotdogs, make and sell panini, soup, crepes, sandwiches, sell souvenirs, ice cream, as mobile puppet theaters, to promote licorice and life insurance and certainly ten other things I can’t remember right now.
Need coffee trikes (or trikes for another purpose) just contact us: WorkCycles.com